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Nursing and Allied Health

Dr Robyn Lotto

Dr Robyn Lotto

Telephone: 0151 231 4435


Robyn has worked in healthcare for over twenty years; in a clinical capacity, as a nurse, specialising in cardiothoracic nursing, and subsequently in the research setting. She has a Masters in Health Sciences from Newcastle University, where she undertook a quantitative study examining variations in clinical practice within the Primary Care setting. Following a period working at the University of Leicester’s Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit, she was awarded a joint grant by SAPPHIRE (Social Science Applied to Healthcare Improvement Research) and TIMMS (The Infant Mortality and Morbidity Studies) research groups to undertake a PhD exploring reasons for the observed variations in neonatal and infant mortality between socioeconomic groups. She was awarded a Florence Nightingale Fellowship in 2016/2017 to support her work into risk perception in congenital cardiac surgery. She is currently a Senior Lecturer and Inspire Researcher at Liverpool's John Moores University.

Her broad research interests include:
Cardiovascular care
Health inequalities
Variations in clinical practice
Patient and Public Involvement


2018, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
2017, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, United Kingdom, PGCert in Cochrane Systematic Reviews and Meta Analysis
2015, University of Leicester, United Kingdom, PhD
2006, Newcastle University, United Kingdom, MSc, Health Sciences
2003, University of Southampton, United Kingdom, BA hons, Nursing
1994, City University London, United Kingdom, Registered Nurse - Adult

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University, 2016 - present


Journal article

Lotto RR. 2018. Post-graduate students' perception of research ethics training: a qualitative study Innovations in Practice, 12 :24-33

Lotto RR, Smith LK, Armstrong NA. 2018. Diagnosis of a severe congenital anomaly: a qualitative analysis of parental decision-making and the implications for healthcare encounters. Health Expectations, >DOI

Lotto RR, Smith LK, Armstrong N. 2017. Clinicians’ perspectives of parental decision-making following diagnosis of a severe congenital anomaly: a qualitative study. BMJ Open, >DOI

Lotto RR, Armstrong N, Smith LK. 2016. Care provision during termination of pregnancy following diagnosis of a severe congenital anomaly – a qualitative study of what is important to parents. Midwifery, >Link

Budd JLS, Draper ES, Lotto RR, Berry LE, Smith LK. 2015. Socioeconomic inequalities in pregnancy outcome associated with Down syndrome: a population-based study Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition, 100 :F400-F404 >DOI >Link

Conference publication

Rees J, Jones I, Lotto R, Watson P. 2018. Cardiomyopathy: exploring clinicians' and patients' experiences of diagnosis EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR NURSING, 17 :27-27 >Link

Lotto RR, Jones ID, Lotto A. 2018. Parental perceptions of good care following congenital cardiac surgery, a qualitative study EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR NURSING, 17 :63-64 >Link

Brown P, Marsh AM, Lotto R, Peers C, Grundy B, Jeilan M, Ng GA. 2012. A new algorithm to assess cardiac performance in heart failure patients: the Bodyguard device EUROPEAN HEART JOURNAL, Congress of the European-Society-of-Cardiology (ESC) 33 :167-167 >Link

Lotto R, Smith L, Armstrong N. Balancing autonomy and involvement: The role of the father in decision-making following diagnosis of a severe fetal anomaly, a qualitative study World Congress of Paediatric Cardiac Surgery and Cardiology

Morrell-Scott NE, Jones I, Lotto R, Kinsey L, Grant M, Papworth A, Muir A. Developing a sternal wound support device for those at risk of wound breakdown following cardiac surgery Liverpool John Moores University, Faculty of Education, Health and Community Research Conference

Editorial/letter to the editor

Lotto RR. 2018. Nurses drive the evolution of non-medical prescribing British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 13 :266-277

Engagement & Impact

Editorial boards:

British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, Editorial Board

Other Professional Activity:

University Research Ethics Committee